As soon as I started this blog, I couldn’t WAIT to write about dreams. The dream world has always fascinated me, and my dreams have played a significant role in my life.
Almost every morning since I was a child, I have woken up with a vivid recollection of not one, but several highly-detailed dreams. However, the more I talked about them with the people in my life, the more I realized that I was a minority. Most people, it seemed, either could not remember their dreams, or were unsure of whether they dreamed at all. My stomach sank when I reflected on what these people were missing out on.
I started to develop an inner knowing that part of my life’s work would be dedicated to the exploration of dreams and their integration into our waking reality. I want to spread awareness of the importance of our dreams, and to help people retract from the over-worked, over-tired, over-stressed sick-cycle of the 21st century, that has been devastating to the delicate threads of the dream weave.
Today I will talk about the purpose of our dreams, what we can learn from them, and how we can apply that knowledge to better our waking lives. In a second post, I will share some of the best tips to help you induce, remember, and even control your dreams.
So, Why DO We Dream?
Dreams As “Bowling Bumpers”
Dreams help us to stay centered on the game of life. They tell us when we are veering off-course, and they give us an opportunity to re-align by sending us powerful messages through feelings.
Here are the instructions for the “Game of Life”:
- Objective: To move from birth to death in a state of continuous growth, expansion, and evolution
- Rules: Treat all other players with loving kindness
- Order of play: You must first enter as a small player that is dependent on older, more skilled players. You can attain more independence with each calendar year that passes
- How to win: By simultaneously experiencing overflowing states of happiness, health, love, and harmony with all other players
- Bonus: Acquire wealth and share it with others
Pretty simple when you look at it that way, right?
So why is it that we convolute the game, and slip in made-up rules that only deter us from our true objective?
Because our ego thinks that it is the creator of the game, and it tries to make it as difficult and confusing as possible.
We can figure out if we are playing correctly by how we FEEL in our dreams, and upon waking from them. It ALWAYS comes back to our feelings. They are the mediators, the regulators, and they try as hard as possible to keep us aligned with our objective.
I used to have a reoccurring dream that I was yelling at a certain person in my life. I was so angry at them, and told them the way they treated me and others was unfair.
I had this dream every couple months for over two years. I always awoke feeling resentful and powerless. In my waking reality, I had actually allowed this person to put me in a subservient position, because I had forgotten that I was worth so much more.
The anger I experienced in those dreams was trying to tell me to address this issue in my waking life, so that I could return to a state of ease. But because I was terrified of addressing this person face-to-face, I resisted the guidance, and the dreams continued.
If you regularly experience negative emotions such as anger, fear, or sadness in your dreams, ask yourself these questions:
- What is this dream trying to show me?
- What do I need to work on?
- Which parts of myself do I need to heal?
- How can I inject more love into my life?
Today, I experience feelings of awe, wonder, joy, and adventure in my dreams. I know that those feelings mirror my current state of allowing, and my centeredness on the game board.
Dreams As Rehearsals To The Play
Science has now proven what Law of Attraction practitioners have known for a long time: that visualization plays a strong role in achievement. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I have talked previously about the importance of fantasizing and daydreaming. If you are able to mentally envision yourself doing something over and over again, it is far more likely to unfold the way you want than without visualization.
Dreams provide a unique opportunity, because they can expand our visualizations to include our other senses. Have you ever had a dream in which you were eating a meal, and you could actually SMELL or TASTE the food? Or perhaps you dreamed you were at a concert, and could actually HEAR the music and FEEL your body move to the rhythm of the song?
While most of us don’t have control over our dreams to allow us the opportunity to visualize while we sleep, this is where lucid dreaming comes into play. If we are able to achieve a lucid dreaming state, where we realize we are dreaming and can make anything that we want happen, this provides us with an incomparable visualization technique. We can put ourselves in the exact circumstances that we desire, which allows them to manifest faster and stronger in our waking reality.
I recently listened to an incredible Joe Rogan podcast on the importance of sleep and dreams (you can check it out here). The episode features Dr. Matthew Walker, a British scientist and professor of neuroscience and psychology at UC Berkeley. Dr. Walker is also the Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science. He reveals that science has now discovered that while we dream, we are actually stitching together the threads of the motor skill patches we have formed during our waking life.
While we can practice, practice, practice until we have depleted our energy stores, it is actually through sleep and dreams that the freshly learned motor skills shift from conscious, awkward, isolated movements, to fluid, automatic rhythms. Our dreams allow us to practice these movements in a state of total non-resistance, which accelerates our learning ability tremendously. Considering we all have to learn new motor skills at some point in our lives, the implications of this are massive. I can only imagine that it has a similar effect for breaking down and understanding large concepts as well.
Dreams As a Portal To The Multiverse
Mysticism Vs. Math
I have always relied on what I feel is the highest form of knowledge, which is the Knowledge of the Heart, or Intuition. It is the inner guidance that knows without evidence, sees without eyes, and hears without ears. It is that exact guidance system that is our deepest connection to the Universe. Rather, it IS The Universe. It is All-Knowing. It is Everything.
While I have never needed physical evidence to believe the things I do about life and The Universe, I understand that most humans do. We can get into a sticky situation, however, if we blindly accept the “facts” of science. Doesn’t science prove itself wrong all the time, anyway? I feel that the dogma of religion has been replaced by the dogma of science in the 21st century. We should never accept everything at face value, just because science has “proven it.”
Popular opinion today suggests that we belong to a three-dimensional Universe that was born around 14 billion years ago. Our current structure relies on the belief that time is linear, in that it moves from one point to another in a straight line.
If we live in a three-dimensional world, how is a device created on this plane going to measure and define our Universe? Since I believe that the Universe is actually infinite, expanding in all directions and moving through all dimensions forever, the effort seems completely futile and irrelevant. It is impossible to measure infinity. However, I do understand, because of our innate curiosity, why we try so hard in the first place.
1: The Only Number That Matters
We are born of This Universe, and we are completely inseparable from it. If we ever want to know the answer of our origins and our purpose, all we have to do is channel our connection to The Universe through meditation and plant teachers. I will elaborate more on the powers of plant teachers in future posts, but for now, suffice it to say that I believe that the psycho-active compounds found in many plants and mushrooms are designed to show us the true nature of reality. Answers are revealed through a Divine neural-network or hive-mentality, if you will. In this place of Knowing, there is one Collective Consciousness, one Operating Body, one Interconnected Being, and one Answer.
Glimpsing Infinity In Dreams
Now, how does this all apply to our dreams? Well, did you ever witness an event in your dream, only to watch it unfold before your eyes in waking reality several days or weeks later? How did you explain that? A totally detached belief would chalk it up to “coincidence.” A modern metaphysical approach might define it as a “premonition” or an episode of “clairvoyance.” These terms are used to describe seeing something that is going to happen in the future.
What I propose, however, is that time is merely a human construct, designed to help us make sense of our three-dimensional lives. In actuality, I believe that everything is happening simultaneously – past, present, and future – all at once. I also believe that while everything is occurring simultaneously, it is taking place in an infinite number of realities in an infinite number of Universes.
When we sleep, the ego gets shut off, which allows us to enter into a state of pure allowing and heightened connectedness to The Universe. When we have these episodes of clear-seeing or knowing in our dreams, we are actually using that connection to glimpse what is happening in another branch off the arm of infinity. We awake with a different feeling than the ones residing after most dreams, because our Inner Being knows we have just witnessed a deep truth from the center of All That Is. Again, our attention is on that feeling, because feelings always tell the truth. Always.
These clear-seeing dreams are amazing guides to help steer us toward or away from something or someone, and it is vitally important that we listen to their message. However bizarre or out of context they may seem, remember that these dreams are always there to guide you. The more we surrender to that guidance, the deeper the teachings become.
A Bedtime Story For Eternity
Whether they are shining the light on our unconscious issues, guiding us towards humans we are meant to connect with or experiences we are meant to have, or stitching together the fabric of our movement, there is incredible insight to be gained about our true selves through the nuanced structure of dreams. They are one of the most powerful self-reflective tools we have, and when we can apply their teachings into our waking reality, we can achieve incredible new levels of love, happiness, and understanding. And isn’t that the whole point of the game, anyway?
I wish you,
Tonight, and all nights,
The sweetest of dreams,
And all tomorrows,
The strongest of waking memories.
All my love,
Always and Forever,
Stay tuned for Part II of this post, coming in a few days time, in which I share the best tips for inducing and remembering your dreams!
Also, be sure to check out the podcast mentioned above on “The Importance of Sleep & Dreams” with Dr. Matthew Walker (Joe Rogan Experience Episode #1109)
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